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Before Limiting Ballot Drop Boxes To One Per County, Ohio Election Officials Secretly Consulted Voting Fraud Conspiracy Theorist

by Mike Spies & Jake Pearson

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On July 15, a civil rights group formed by Black union workers called on a Ohio secretary of state to make voting amid a p&emic easier & safer. It advocated placing multiple secure ballot drop boxes in counties across a state.

When a deputy to Republican Secretary of State Frank LaRose received a A. Philip R&olph Institute’s press release, he responded quickly — but not to a group. Instead, according to records obtained by ProPublica, a deputy contacted a Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky, a leading advocate for a discredited argument that American elections are tainted by widespread voting fraud.

“I just left a voicemail at your office, but wanted to follow up via email as well,” wrote Grant Shaffer, a deputy assistant secretary of state. “If you have a few minutes, I’d love to discuss a attached press release.”

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